2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG official promo

Mercedes-Benz has announced full details on the 2012 CLS 63 AMG model. New for the CLS 63 is now AMG's 5.5 liter biturbo V8 engine, which replaces the outgoing naturally aspirated 6.3 liter V8. The new 5.5 liter biturbo unit features a peak output of 410 kW (557 PS/550 bhp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque with the AMG Performance package. The standard engine configuration is rated at 386 kW (525 PS / 521 bhp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Both units are mated to the AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sport transmission. Fuel economy on the standard CLS 63 AMG now comes in at under 10 liter/100 km (a noteworthy achievement) - with a 9.9 liters per 100 km rating on the European cycle (NEDC). That represents a remarkable 32 percent improvement in fuel-economy over the predecessor's 6.3 liter unit with an output of 378 kW (514 PS/510 bhp) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque. That new fuel-economy rating comes by means of a stop/start system, engine technology such as piezo injectors and an aluminum crankshaft, as well as the use of aluminum panels in the body. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is 4.4 seconds for the standard model and 4.3 seconds for the CLS 63 with the AMG Performance package. The standard variant has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The CLS 63 AMG comes with 3 drive modes: 'S' (Sport), 'S+' (Sport plus) and 'M' (Manual) and features AMG Ride Control suspension for a smoother, more exact ride quality with 3 modes of its own: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. The 2012 CLS 63 AMG comes standard with high-performance LED headlights, AMG light-alloy wheels in a new triple-spoke design with 255/35R19 and 285/30R19 tires front and rear, respectively. The AMG Performance package also offers a ceramic high-performance composite braking system, carbon fibre/black piano lacquer trims elements, door sills with illuminated AMG logo, carbon-fiber spoiler lip for the boot and red brake calipers, a seperate set of 19-inch light alloys in a double 5-spoke design and, aside from the aforementioned performance Boost, the package includes a top speed limit bumped up to 300 km/h (186 mph). Prices in Germany for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG start at €115,846.50 including 19 percent VAT. The AMG Performance package rings in at €7735 (VAT included). High-res photos: http://www.worldcarfans.com/111011430446/2012-mercedes-benz-cls-63-amg-in-depth-video

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2012 Mercedes SLK55 AMG unveiled
Mercedes has officially unveiled the 2012 SLK55 AMG, ahead of its debut at Frankfurt Motor Show. Looking decidedly aggressive, the model is distinguished by a new front fascia, aerodynamic side skirts and LED daytime running lights. Out back, there's a rear diffuser, a trunk-mounted spoiler and a four-tailpipe Exhaust system. Interior changes are minor, but the cabin is outfitted with AMG sports seats (with AIRSCARF), a revised instrument cluster and brushed aluminum trim. Power comes from a new, naturally-aspirated 5.5-liter V8 engine with 422 PS (310 kW / 416 hp) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to an AMG SpeedShift Plus 7G-TRONIC transmission which enables the roadster to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Additionally, thanks to an engine start/stop system and AMG Cylinder Management, the SLK has an average fuel consumption of 8.5 L/100 km (27.6 mpg US / 33.2 mpg UK). On the handling front, the model has high-performance brakes (which measure 14.2 inches front / 13 inches rear) and a sport-tuned suspension with Torque Vectoring and AMG Direct-Steer. The former system applies the brakes to improve cornering, while the latter system promises "outstanding road feel and sharp handling in all driving situations." If that isn't impressive enough, an optional AMG Handling Package adds stiffer suspension tuning, a locking rear differential and a three-spoke steering wheel with Alcantara inserts. There's no word on pricing, but the 2012 Mercedes SLK55 AMG will be launched in the United States early next year.




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